Doubleness of Poetics: Theory and Practice

From Wittgenstein On Certainty

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Regarding ‘loop holes’ in theory —- say we are talking about the volta in sonnets and fail to mention a change of ‘tone’ or perspective. Since there are always areas untouched by some discussions of rules, assuming the doubleness should be part of the game of poetics. What is missing from our discussion of the rules is covered by our examples. The relevant rules are IN the examples. The big takeaway is that poetics proceeds dialectically ‘between’ rules and examples. Poetics is inherently dialogical. To speak metaxically, poetics is double. It happens BETWEEN rules and examples.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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